2020 Board Election

The governance of Tellico Village is the responsibility of the Property Owner Association Board of Directors. Property owners who are elected and serve on the Board volunteer their time to help shape the future of the Village and oversee the maintenance of its properties and financial strength. The election process for the Board of Directors is presented in the By-Laws of the Board. Elections are held each year for three-year terms. There are seven members of the Board. Two seats open each year for two years and then three seats open in the third year. We will have two seats open in this year’s election. The voting process takes place each November and is managed by an outside service to keep results confidential until the voting period concludes. Voting can be done digitally or by paper ballot if desired. The results are announced at the end of November and the winners are introduced at the December Board meeting to begin their three-year term.

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Election Schedule:

Election Opens November 1st at 12:01 a.m. on Vote Net

Election Closes November 19th at 12 noon on Vote Net




Mike Blackwell

Mike Blackwell

Muhammed Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent that we pay for our room here on earth.” I am running for a seat on the POA Board of Directors because I feel compelled to “pay my rent” for my place here in beautiful Tellico Village! I’ve already started . . . . . .

We moved here from Rochester (NY) in May of 2018 and built our retirement home in the Mialaquo neighborhood. Since arriving here I’ve invested myself in this community. Currently, I serve as President of the New Villagers. I founded the Tellico Village Coalition for Builder Accountability and have assisted TV property owners in resolving their legitimate disputes with their builders. I am a member of the MGA Board of Directors and serve as their Secretary. In addition, I founded and administer one of the largest, independent golf groups in Tellico Village—the Blue Man Group. I also served on the Recreation & Amenities Focus Group for our Long Range Strategic Planning initiative. In 2019, I launched the Tellico Village Honors Veterans initiative for Wreaths Across America. Last December we traveled with over 100 TV residents to Knoxville to place wreaths at the headstones of over 7,500 American heroes at Knoxville National Cemetery.

In my pre-retirement life, I spent 30 years as a public school teacher and 40 years as a men’s basketball coach. I founded regional initiatives for Relay for Life and Coaches vs. Cancer that raised > $1 million for cancer research. My teaching experience includes Business Law, Accounting and Personal Financial Management. I served as Department Chair for one of the largest Business Education Departments in NYS where I was responsible for budgeting, curriculum, personnel and purchases & acquisitions. Ours was a 2x NYS Business Department of the Year. In 1990, I coached a NCAA Division III Men’s National Champion team at the University of Rochester. Now I’m hoping to help guide & direct another championship-caliber “team” here in Tellico Village.

Rick Blough

Rick Blough

A property owner since 1997 and a resident since 2008, I have been actively involved in Village affairs from the start. Serving on the New Villagers Board as well as 6 years on the HOA Board, including one as President, I endeavored to keep members informed and to improve relations with the POA to make sure that the pulse of homeowners was taken into account when important decisions were being made. As Secretary of the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee, I gained a unique perspective about the future of the Village

which I took forward to the POA Board when you elected me. Presently, I serve as the Board President in what has to be one of the most challenging years in our history both from a financial and social standpoint. My pre-retirement career spanned 30 years in the auto industry, most of which was spent in senior management, executive and Board positions followed by several years with a private equity firm managing auto supplier turnarounds. My experiences ranged from machinery design, purchasing and systems analysis to legal, human resources/labor relations, M & A, public/governmental relations and turnaround management. A lawyer with a finance MBA, I have strong analytical, negotiations, communications, team building and problem solving skills. To me, Tellico Village brings together a diverse mix of families seeking an active lifestyle, a strong social fabric, superior amenities and sound finances. As a Board member, I have championed long range strategic planning, responsible fiscal management, maximizing communication and above all transparency in decision-making that instills member confidence and protects our property values. As a community, we need to stay focused on our financial health, maintaining and improving existing amenities and infrastructure, implementing appropriate new amenities according to the needs of current and prospective residents, planning for the future and further developing a Tellico Village “brand” that promotes that future growth. Additionally, we need to develop and staff the organization so that it is positioned to take us forward. As a Board member, this is what has driven me. If you return me to the Board, this is what will continue to be the focus of my decision making.

Pat White

Pat White

Alice and I have lived in Tellico Village for 13 years and been property owners for 15 years. We were attracted to Tellico Village for its beauty, amenities, cost of living, and proximity to regional activities. We quickly found Tellico Village to be a unique community because of its people.

I have served on the Men’s Golf Association, the Golf Advisory Committee for 2 years, Vice Chairman for 1 year. During this period, I ran for and won a seat on the POA Board. I have served as Liaison to the

Long Range Planning Advisory Committee, Recreation Advisory Committee, Government Affairs Advisory Committee, Townhouse Advisory Committee, and Marina Advisory Committee.

I have been active in changing and updating the Purchasing and Procurement procedures, increasing the utilization of our golf assets by developing the afternoon rate structure, approving the unbiased studies of water, sewer, and road maintenance in order to better predict future costs. For the future of Tellico Village, I was a strong proponent of requiring all future construction to have a certified drainage and runoff plan as well as working with the Public Works in justifying additional ACC inspectors. And I have worked with groups regarding Asian Carp, Buzzards, Rover Run Dog Park, and the Tugaloo Recreation Area.

The changing Village demographics will require a thorough analysis of our landlocked facilities. We face tough choices regarding very expensive expansion versus our cultural comforts.

I have always and will continue to seek input from this diverse community seeking a workable consensus agreement that will promote the continued economic and social growth of Tellico Village.